Big Bear Old Miners Assn. Searching for Miss Clementine

By Susan A. Neufeld


Big Bear, CA – For over seven decades, the Big Bear Old Miners Association has celebrated ” Old Miners Days”, which include a hometown parade and other events that commemorate those long ago days. The preeminent moment is the crowning of “Miss Clementine”.


The image of “Miss Clementine” immediately brings to mind the personification of women during the California Gold Rush, as introduced by the American Western folk ballad, “Oh, My Darling, Clementine,” a tune that is the lament of a bereaved lover bemoaning the loss of his beloved Clementine, the daughter of a California Gold Rush miner.

The title of “Miss Clementine” is conferred to a young lady, between the age of 16 and 21 years, wearing what the current judges deem to be the most interesting and authentic historical costume representing the historic gold mining era of the Big Bear area. The period is believed to have stretched between the years of 1860 and 1910.


The 2017 Pageant will take place Thursday, July 13, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 385 Summit Blvd.

Besides the enjoyment of becoming a part of a beloved Big Bear Lake tradition by being named to the title, the winner of the Pageant is also awarded a one time $500 educational scholarship.

Applications to be part of this piece of Big Bear folklore may be downloaded at or by contacting chairperson John Villani at (909) 362-4246.